Galaxy Trucker (boardgame) when?
I've been wanting to get this game for the past three months, and I can't find any indication online of when it will be reprinted.
Does anyone know of a good source to look at to find out when this is happening?(I've checked the message board at boardgamegeek, and many online games retailers)
Gone Cardboard has good info, but there's nothing currently listed.
Originally Posted by flyinj
I'd send an email to the publisher. Honestly, they'll probably be happy to hear from you.
Thoughthammer used to say July, but now just says Summer.
Of course! Thanks, I just did exactly that. I didn't realize they published Race for the Galaxy as well, which I've had "preordered" for 6 months as well.
Originally Posted by Andrew Mayer
Get yer shit together, Rio Grande. Less Carcassonne, more Galaxy Trucker!
Amen to that. I hooked my older son on Carcassone, and am now throughly sick of it and its bazillion expansions.
I couldn't stand Galaxy Trucker myself, I do not like timed games. The guy who sells online out of Atlanta is claiming August. I would be very surprised if you got more information than what is on Gone Cardboard, as Boardgame News is usually pretty much in touch with Jay of Rio Grande Games.
Just to clarify, Rio Grande has its shit together moreso than most board game companies. Jay is one of the best in the business, and you can rest assured that any delays are because of printing, customs, quality assurance or other problems related to manufacturing and shipping that Rio has no control over. If nobody's pinned down a date it's because Jay himself doesn't know. He's always been terrific about sharing expected release dates with the press (and curious customers).
Same goes for Z-Man, for what it's worth. I've been waiting for my copy of Agricola for months now, but there's simply nothing Zev can do to speed up the cargo containers.
I think part of the problem with the bigger delays we're seeing is that many companies experimented with printing in China instead of Germany and experienced massive quality control issues. The games got here faster, and were profitable at lower prices relative to German-printed games, but didn't come close to the standards to which board game aficionados have become accustomed. I know from interviewing Jay that Rio had this problem, and Z-Man had a lot of Duel in the Dark boards suffer from everything from mold to extreme warping when they hit the States. Fantasy Flight is a notable exception, and has had tremendous success working with Chinese printers.
I think most manufacturers have gone back to the European printers now, but even then unexpected printing problems can delay a game for several months. In the meantime, the publisher has to go forward with other products to meet printing deadlines and generate revenue, so it can seem like they're leaving something by the wayside on purpose when in reality it's out of their hands.
I couldn't agree with you more, Tracy. The thing is, anyone who is manufacturing something for sale, whether it be pencils, videogames, or boardgames, needs to sell it. So, if they aren't selling it, it's for a very good and non-preventable reason. Jay has been doing this for 10 years now and has proven his competency and knowledge over and over. I'm still waiting for the American version of Stephenson's Rocket that was announced by Rio Grande last year, and I'm 100% confident that it will get here when it gets here.
After the Days of Wonder/Battlelore fiasco, where Days of Wonder initially issued promised dates for a number of Battlelore expansions and didn't make them, Days of Wonder won't even mention new products until they are 100% certain when they are going to get here. You would have thought they charged people or something, the way they were vilified for missing dates. I think given what happened, publishers are backing way away from promising dates. If what they get is mostly negative publicity, and since boardgame manufacturers' don't have the huge pre-release marketing budgets/activities, why say much of anything at all about when a game will be published?
Yep -- it's a whiny community when it comes to release dates. One reason is that the most vocal Internet users tend to order games online, and when you put together a pre-order big enough to qualify for free shipping one game slipping a few months can prevent you from getting everything else. I have copies of Descent: Road To Legend, Mr. Jack, and a few others sitting in a box at Thoughthammer because the Race For The Galaxy expansion and Agricola aren't ready yet, so every time the release dates are pushed back again it's just that much longer before I can enjoy all those other games.
Pre-orders are also causing problems because several publishers are offering goodies if you buy directly from the company or from a brick-and-mortar store. Valley Games usually offers extra or better components if you order directly through them, for example, and the only way to get animal meeples for Agricola is to order via Z-Man itself. Often these types of pre-orders are charged before the game ships, and people feel justifiably entitled to bitch when a game they already paid for misses its promised release date.
I have Stephenson's Rocket. Neat game, but so much great stuff has been released since that it never hits the table.